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. the majority of the accounts weren't reported for tax purposes to the irs. and the fed wants more information from troubled bitcoin exchange mt. gox, the "wall street journal" saying mt. gox received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in new york last month to preserve certain documents once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange mt. dpox has gone offline. the business is at a turning point, there's a lot of worry the entire business may be bankrupt and gone forever. the controversy surrounding mt. gox putting a lot of pressure on bitcoin prices, $597.75 is where things are trading now. that was a stock, almost like a stock, it's not a real currency sorry to say, joe. >> now you tell us. >> now. >> now you tell us. >> i am not a bitcoin fan. i believe electronic currency of some sort may flourish in some way. i don't know if bitcoin is the way. >> i thought you were a bitcoin advocate. if now your' saying -- >> i'm fascinated by the conversation around bitcoin. >> you know i'm needling you because you have talked about it a lot. i hope no one mistook what you were saying for like an endorsemen
as well as tax increase, republicans wanting lower taxes and less of that spending. they will fight it out in the midterm elections and then we may return to budget talks and some sort of accommodation in 2015. >> john, how real is the return of the conversation about tax and interest? i say it in part because it's in some of these bills, but also because the front page of the "wall street journal," see this right here, blowout call for big tycoons that talked about the payout for people like leon black, $560 million with his income, 465 for steven schwartzman and others. i do know it's been put back in some of the bills, but this has been a policy debate we've been talking about for about five years now. >> there's a lot of momentum behind this issue. i would not expect it to pass this year. one of the things that adds to its momentum in terms of the long-term, which we really get to a tax reform discussion which is not going to be this year, is that dave camp, the republican chairman of the ways and means committee, included this interest in his tax reform bill. the administration will h
're hoping for 3% gdp growth this year. and any big spike in oil makes you think that's a tax on consumers and it's harder to get. the ten-year is helping, though. in terms of keeping the housing markets going below 2.7%. the euro stayed remarkably strong for europe. basically being on the front line for this situation here. we will, after hitting some new lows, stabilize. and then finally, fwoeld, i think, traded lower yesterday after having really a great quarter, at least two months. so it's down about $4 today at 1334. and china's leaders reaffirmed the growth target of 7.5% but signaled some concerns about reaching that target. eunice yoon joins us now. we're in a great big city this morning, eunice, tossing to you over there. we're feeling very -- i don't know. we're going to change the world. >> you are. i think that's how people here feel, as well. there were thousands of lawmakers that were gathering together in beijing to heir china's version of the state of the union. this is presented by the premier of the country and it's really the first time that investors got a chance to se
're in effect paying out 1% or 2% annually of your portfolio, that's a big, big tax that you don't have to pay. >> and people who are at home listening to this, they need to look at the suspension ratio. you could probably get one for 20 to 25 points. >> yes, i think that's -- actually, 25 points. now, if they've traded around like crazy, they pay people to tell them what to do with it and everything, their returns become our returns with expenses. so you should look for very, very low expense way of participating and incidentally, at berkshire, our expenses are very, very low in relation to the 100 plus billion of investments that we had. >> we do have the opportunity for viewers to write in and ask you their questions. one viewer did write in the question asking about whether did you lay out that you had said he set this mon aside for your wife instead of being put back into berk share shares. >> berkshire would be fine. but i wouldn't want to be doubting berkshire to people generally. i have no problem touting the s&p 500 at the low cost. >> let's talk a little bit about what you see in the
such a complicated tax code, for instance, is because of these lobbying organizations. if you really wanted to get a fair tax code -- >> how do you offset the influence that unions have and left-wing organizations that soros have? >> why is it only big unions or big organizations that have a say in these things? >> no one is pooling their money together to -- >> i want to raise a question about, at some level, of the voracity of the index. at some level, there's shadow lobbying going on. and not even total lobbying numbers have come down. but you can clearly tell there's the official lobbying that we can all track, that they're tracking, but then all this stuff on the side. >> what if you hire a congressman and bring him under your wing. i thought the same thing too. it was interesting that two tobacco companies made the top of the list. >> you take this to its worst level of lobbying and how does that compare to ukraine with theically other countries, where it's pure out and out bribery. >> there's not a reason to not constantly try to be vigilant to make it a better system. >> there's no golf co
, which is probably too much even for jim grant. so i think you always have to think, what are the tax arrangements, what are the future taxes? what does that look like? what is the monetary arrangement? what does that look like? once i know what that apology is, i can go, jim cramer and others can go and say here's what the prices are. >> that's interesting. >> i know it's been talk around wall street that this is artificial pricing and stuff. it's inhaernt becauerent. >> as free as the market ever gets, still takes into account some -- >> you can have crappy policies and you can have good policies. that's certainly true and fair to argue. you're never going to get away from the idea that the policies are affecting the prices. >> more from fed president, st. louis fed president jim bullard still to come. >>> let's take a check on energy prices. oil prices have been climbing over the past month and nat gas has been on a tear this winter. joining us now is lord john brown, former ceo of. bp. welcome to the broadcast, "seven elements that changed the world" is the name of the book. we th
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